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  2. Penn State
  3. Texas
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Florida
  6. USC
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  11. Ohio State
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CFR week nine top teams list

Week Nine Top Teams List (11/02/2005):

  1. USC-Crushed a very good WSU offense, and also put up 55 points for show.  Remaining slate fairly tough with games against Stanford (who almost beat them last year and on a bit of a roll), California (who always play the Trojans close and own the last victory of any opponent), Fresno State (quietly having a fine season and thrive in the world beaters role) and rival UCLA (who also almost beat them last year).
  2. Virginia Tech-Made it look easy against Boston College.  Second half defensive dominance becoming the routine.
  3. Texas-They were down 28-9, so what?  It was obvious they'd come back in a big way.  I told someone when it was halftime they'd score 49 straight.  I was almost right.
  4. Notre Dame-That Michigan State loss sure hurts right about now.
  5. UCLA-Comeback act is impressive, if annoying.  Get this, they have three weeks to prepare for USC, but the game's in the Coliseum so at least there won't be any long grass stunts and powder blue uniforms.
  6. Georgia-Just not the same team without Shockley.  Would probably rank higher on here with a little more offensive gumption from the coaches.  Run D is starting to look suspect.  Still better than anything else out there.

Others:

  • Alabama-Four touchdown passes last weekend... is that a school record?
  • Miami-Ho hum.  Let's see if they wake up against Virginia Tech this weekend.
  • Louisville-Brian Brohm is now #1 nationally in passing efficiency, but all anybody wants to talk about is that Dumerville guy.  Can't blame them, he's really good.
  • California-My friend HP has it right; when 6-2 at a place like Cal is a disappointment, things are going pretty well.
  • Ohio State-Surging, but has the run defense been exposed or is it a one-week blip?
  • Penn State-Why not?  Taking command of winnable games, like OSU.  Nothing wrong with having the fortitude and the aptitude to swiftly put inferiors away.

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Reader Comments (6)

Solid list.

Anyone who watched the Texas-Okie State game knew EXACTLY what would happen in the second half.

As for Ohio State, the run defense issue was a one-week thing. For those who saw the game, you know that they made some good halftime adjustments and Maroney was a non-factor the rest of the game. It's also worth noting that they have played the #1 and #3 rush offenses in the country and are still #3 in rush defense them selves.
November 2, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJJ
RA, did you make a Typo? USC crushed a very good WSU defense? They are one of the worst in the the country. Now their offense, that WAS good (at least numbers wise).
November 2, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterPaxil
Oops. Paxil thanks for the catch!
November 2, 2005 | Registered CommenterCFR
Interested that you have Cal and Louisville ranked ahead of LSU. Last time I checked neither team actually has done anything to deserve being in the Top 25.
November 2, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Ryan,

That's not how this works. I put teams in a position based on how good I view them. Most teams haven't "done" a whole lot this year. There are about three good teams and everybody else.

Given that, I rank teams based on how good they are.

Cal and Louisville would both score in the mid-30's to low 40's on LSU, and if LSU was lucky, they'd score 24 on these guys. Far superior, and thus, they get on my "other" list.

Both also have superior head coaches, making the difference in any kind of close game.
November 2, 2005 | Registered CommenterCFR
Georgia? Dear lord.
November 4, 2005 | Unregistered Commentercsc

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